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So you want no part of Christmas, whatsoever—you really hate it. Options, peaceful and otherwise: Into the Wild
Millcreek Canyon’s picnic area gates are closed, but the ski trail is open. “You’ll need snowshoes or cross-country skis,” says Craig Cheney with Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation (SLCO.org/Parks/MillcreekCanyon/index.html
Holly Baker with Zion National Park says they’re open, but beware icy trails and hazardous road conditions—watch forecasts and take appropriate precautions. Download Zion’s Winter Map & Guide here: NPS.gov/zion/faqs.htm
. Or just bring a chubby friend and a boning knife… (NPS.gov/Zion
) Home Alone
Books are a great escape, particularly if they’re set in Harry Crews’ deep, sweltering South or the beaches of Baja and Central America (Allan C. Weisbecker’s surf/road trip memoir In Search of Captain Zero).
Backlogged with tasks and projects? Heed Bre Pettis and Kio Stark’s “The Cult of Done Manifesto” (BrePettis.com/blog/2009/3/3/the-cult-of-done-manifesto.html
), which says “banish procrastination” and “failure counts as done—so do mistakes.” SURF Porn
Spread your own good cheer. Remember to delete your browsing history, cookies, and temp files and save the good stuff to a thumb drive on your keychain.
Being An Asshole to THOSE Who Enjoy Xmas
The antisocial/misanthropic could harass the Whos in Whoville…
• Dress as Zombie Santa and feast on slab of baby backs in front of their kids.
• Apartment dwellers: Grab that cheap guitar you can barely play, and practice “Silent Night” on 11 for three hours.
• Deliver undesirable secret Santa gifts (hospital biohazard containers, copies of The Secret) via ding-dong-ditch.BuyNothingChristmas.org
Anthrax, in “Antisocial,” sing: You put a price tag on what you see/This one’s for you, that’s for me/If that’s winning I’d rather lose. Does this sum up your frustration with holiday materialism? BuyNothingChristmas.org
aims to de-commercialize Christmas. Capitalism, they say, “favors the rich, abandons the poor, is heartless, and is based upon the assumption that people buy things out of self-interest.” Sound like Commie propaganda? Get this—the BNC’s founders are Canadian Mennonites and the org’s full purpose is to conquer overconsumption by North Americans and “re-design a Christian lifestyle … richer in meaning, smaller in impact on the Earth, and greater in giving to people less privileged.”